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Volver (2006)

After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Blanco ...
María Isabel Díaz ...
Regina (as Mª Isabel Díaz)
Neus Sanz ...
Leandro Rivera ...
Auxiliar Producción
Pepa Aniorte ...
Presentadora TV
Vecina (as Alfonsa Rosso)


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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To Return  »


Box Office


€7,450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,783,597 (Spain), 17 March 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,703, 5 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,899,867, 24 May 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,585,147, 4 May 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Agustina is talking on the TV show about her mother's vanishing, she says that it happened "hace ya casi cuatro años" ("nearly four years ago"), yet her lips are clearly saying "hace ya casi tres años" ("nearly three years ago"). See more »


Raimunda: Are there things I should know and don't?
Sole: Oodles.
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Superb must see
9 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's when you stumble out of the cinema and dive into the nearest coffee shop to greet the assistant in a language you only use on holiday that the power of this movie becomes evident. This is incredibly powerful stuff...and done in a way only Pedro Almodovar knows how. Cruz is absolutely magnificent in a finely nuanced performance. This an incredible mix of gritty realism and absolute fantasy. The dialogue is clipped and aggressive....wonderful...none of that Hollywood psychobabble and truly down to earth. This is a film about the lives of people who won't see it, if they even get an opportunity...subtitled films are the preserve of the chattering classes right? How many independent cinemas are to be found in working class areas? Can't see this being shown at the local flea pit ...a real shame really, it's a must see for all.

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